The Statsraad Lehmkuhl is Norway’s largest and oldest square rigged sailing ship, and every fall the Royal Norwegian Naval Academy hires the sailing ship for cadet leadership training.
This year was no exception, and in early November, 80 cadets and 20 crew members sailed from Bergen, Norway, via the west coast of Africa, across the Atlantic Ocean, to Norfolk, Va. They spent one week at Naval Station Norfolk, the world`s largest naval station, before spending Veterans Day in Washington, D.C.
"Everything was good with weather and wind, and the cadets really did a great job. I think this record is so good that the only one able to beat it is Statsraad Lehmkul itself," Navy Attaché Erik Bøe at the Norwegian Embassy said. He met with the crew on Veterans Day.
"It's incredible that we have managed to sail that long in such short time, especially at this time of the year," Captain Marcus Seidl on Statsraad Lehmkuhl told Norwegian Broadcasting Corperation (NRK). He praised the high motivation and enthusiasm of his crew, and the effort they put in during the trip. The usual crew of 20 people were joined by 80 cadets from the Norwegian Naval Academy.
"I am very proud of the crew and the cadets. Without the young cadets we wouldn`t have been able to set the world record," Captain Seidl said on NRK.
The ship sailed from Bergen in September, and the crew is now on their way home. The ship is expected to be back in Bergen December. 10.
Erik Bøe (To the left) with some of the cadets from Statsraad Lehmkuhl.